Originally Posted by Archaea
How often do you go +9dB over reference for long bass marathons? (clip the CV-5000?)
Since the single iNuke 6000 would go to the same volume as the CV, and has a feature set you will constantly use (do a fan mod to quiet it down and enjoy it) - I personally think it'd be worth the trade. Dynamic EQ would be used much more than max volume listening.
If not a 6,000, then wait for a 12,000, which wouldn't be running an impedance it is uncomfortable with and should behave better at the limits.
(12,000 inuke is specified to run 2ohm load -- 6,000 is not - and you were running a 2.67 ohm load with the six SI subs attached to a 6000 - so the iNuke's were taxed beyond their stated limit.)
That 9 over reference (actually 19 over reference since the sub trim was at 0 which is 10 db's hot for my setup) was with the song Bass I Love You, for music I've found the subs can handle louder MV levels that with movies.
So with the 6 subs up front and the back 2 subs turned off:
+19 clipped with Bass I Love you with the inuke. (+9 on MV 10 hot on sub trim on avr)
+3.5 clipped with WOW Pod scene with inuke ( -6.5 on MV 10 hot on sub trim avr)
+ 6.5 clipped with Art of Flight with inuke ( -3.0 on MV with 10 hot on sub trim avr)
How often to I crank it this much? Very, very rarely when alone but quite often on demo's and I've had those levels on the CV for WAY longer than I did on the inukes many, many times for demo's. The CV doesn't even seem to care if I clip it do death. I'll I get is a slight chirping sound from the drivers (you've heard this) and eventually a breaker trip during clip city.
I think it would drive me crazy to know that I switched amps and am now more limited. So, either waiting for the 12000 or sometime getting 2 6000's may be in my future.